With Hilary Nesi, Michael Rundell, Sharon Creese and Barbara McGillivray
Everybody uses dictionaries, but most people know very little about them. This is particularly the case since dictionaries went online – it’s easy to look up a word and find a dictionary entry on a computer or a mobile phone, without being aware of which dictionary the entry came from, why the word was included in the dictionary, how the dictionary compilers assembled this information, or how valid it is.
If you want to be better-informed about dictionary choices, explore the range of information that dictionary entries can provide, and learn more about dictionary compilation processes, register for our Understanding English Dictionaries MOOC at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-dictionaries <https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-dictionaries>
The course is free, and starts on 16 September 2019. It runs for 6 weeks. There is no commitment: you can do as much or as little as you like.
The course will give you the opportunity to: access relevant online resources experiment with corpus data listen to lexicographers explaining what they do interact with the materials and each other
The course covers the following topics: Week 1: The place of dictionaries in the modern world Week 2: What’s in a dictionary entry Week 3: Where the information in dictionaries comes from Week 4: How dictionary-makers select words Week 5: Meanings and dictionary definitions Week 6: Dictionaries, research and the future
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